Today is a public holiday for Kuala Lumpur because for ten years Samy Vellu and the Indian community had faught for Thaipusam to be a national holiday. Alas, only KL was announced by Pak Lah to enjoy yet another excuse for not going to work while the Indians celebrate their tradition:p Maybe that was a sort of compensation for the Hindraf demands??!! Maybe that's why they are quiet for now.......there's another public holiday coming up on 1st Feb 2008 for Hari Wilayah KL.
Thank God too, that today's a public holiday. I was getting fed-up commuting via LRT. Being in the rat race, everyone gets to work at the same time by LRT, which results in massive people jam in the train and at the Masjid Jamek station. Especially now that the Masjid Jamek station for the Putra train is being upgraded and promised to be ready on 23 Jan 2008, which I don't think will be ready by then, from the look of it. For the past 3 months, everybody is forced to take the long underground tunnel to the other side. Of course you can image the amount of people walking in the tunnel to/fro Masjid Jamek station, sound of the footseps resounding off the walls like the KLPN cadets doing their morning march with those heavy army boots. Trod, trod, trod.....
Perhaps it's just me, but I find that some people are bloody slow than others, and there are some think that they are fast enough while walking on the fast lane. Of course there's no fast lane per se dedicated to the fast walker (which I think should be measured at 3-steps per second) in order to qualify to walk in that invisible "fast lane". All fast walker knows this and wishes those bloody slow people won't walk on it. These "slow" people seems to drag their foot when walking or when they walk with two people or more, would take up the space for other people to bypass them. It would need tact or faster pace, say, 5-steps per second.
Another thing that really pisses me off at the Masjid Jamek station is the illegal peddlars selling their items every morning and evening, when people are going to/from work and really makes the walking area very congested. And some people, without warning would just stop to look at these peddlars. There are police stationed at Masjid Jamek's Putra & Star LRT, which is a good thing, but they don't do anything about this situation!!! Maybe it's not in their jobscope but can't they relay it to the authorities in charge?!!
I don't know how Malaysia can progress if the publice service situation is not taken seriously by the government and local authorities. Food for thought, maybe we should cut down on our public holiday so that some works are not interrupted by it. For the betterment of mankind, and perhaps for the soundness of mind.